4 Ways to Use Food for Beautiful Skin

Smooth SkinWhen I see little vials of under eye cream are selling for $100 at the department store – I think, “Boy, am I glad I know how to get the same results for less than a dollar using stuff I already have in my refrigerator.”

That’s right – normal, every-day food items that are sitting in your fridge and pantry can be whipped up into amazing skincare products. You’ll save hundreds on beauty products and feel good knowing exactly what you’re putting on your face!

I asked skincare experts to share their tips for using food to create creams, toners, scrubs and more. Randi Ragan, Owner, GreenBliss EcoSpa — Los Angeles’ Award-Winning Mobile Spa & Lifestyle Company (www.greenblissecospa.com) offered up these recipes:

Not Just For Breakfast Anymore: Apple Oatmeal Purifying Facial Scrub

This dual-action scrub is wonderful because it exfoliates and tones at the same time. The oats and cornmeal work to rid the skin of dead cells and the apple’s juice tightens and tones. Honey has natural anti-microbial properties and helps calm inflamed skin.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbls. Rolled oats
  • 1 tsp. cornmeal
  • 1 Tbls. Honey
  • apple, peeled and cut into chunks

Mash oats, cornmeal and honey into a thick paste with a fork. Combine with the apple pieces in a food processor or blender just enough to blend well, but not enough to completely smooth out the texture of the cornmeal and oats; there should be some solid bits interspersed within the mixture. Apply in a circular motion on a clean face and then let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

 

Blemish Be Gone: Surefire Zit Zapper

Dissolve 2 or 3 aspirins in a cup of Apple cider vinegar. Dab onto blemishes with a cotton ball.

The salicylic acid in the aspirin helps dry out the blemishes. The vinegar contains alpha-hydroxy acids which help eliminate fatty deposits on the skin and with reducing scaliness. The fermented quality of the vinegar naturally regulates the pH balance of the skin.

 

Jeepers! Where’d Ya Get Those Peepers?: Two ways to Reduce Dark Circles and Tighten Under Eye Skin

  1. Grate 1/4 cucumber, an apply either alone or mixed with an equal measure of fresh carrot juice, to area beneath eyes. (Dabbing the liquid on with a cotton ball is easiest. Allow to stay on for 20 minutes, then rinse with cool water.
  2. Mix 1/4 grated cucumber with equal measure of organic milk and refrigerate 30 minutes. Apply to under-eye skin and allow to stay on for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

Cucumber has a high ascorbic acid content which decreases water retention and puffiness. Its abundance of antioxidants and silica rejuvenates skin and leaves it super soft. Carrot juice contains Vitamin A which fights free radicals and promotes collagen production. It also has high anti-inflammatory properties which helps with eye puffiness. Whole milk contains fat lipids which build collagen and lactic acid which brightens skin.

A big thanks to  Randi Ragan, Owner, GreenBliss EcoSpa — Los Angeles’ Award-Winning Mobile Spa & Lifestyle Company (www.greenblissecospa.com) for sharing these tips!

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3 Comments

  1. Hah – take that you evil cosmetic manufacturers.

    Seriously though, it is great to see new posts with this kind of advice. The web is way to full of people who just go “I use this brand product for this and this (expensive) brand product for that…”

    Sometimes we do not need the product in the first place and/or there is a much more affordable alternative that is actually a lot better.

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